Let's be practical here...

These folks are so practical, it’s in their name – the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)! As described on their website, “Practical Farmers of Iowa's mission is to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing”. There is a renewed interest in growing oats in Iowa, and you may remember seeing the list of PFI videos published in the newsletter last year.

Oat Global is hiring!

Dear Colleagues, Oat Global is hiring!

We are excited to share that our growth in 2017 has opened the door for us to add a full-time leadership position! The Oat Global Associate Director will help expand Oat Global into a broader oat research and extension innovation platform with global reach and impact. We are relying on you- our colleagues and supporters- to help us identify the right candidate for this job. Please share widely, and think creatively about who would be a good fit. 

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Community matters...

This newsletter update focuses on stories from the community, and, yes, community matters! There are always good news stories and bad news stories, and, unfortunately, this update brings some bad news: Lon Hall, long-time oat breeder at South Dakota State University, passed away in August. His obituary can be found here, and a more detailed description of his work with oats will be added to the "Hall of Fame" later on.

It’s World Porridge Day!

Today, October 10th, 2017, is World Porridge Day. The Scottish village of Carrbridge – home of the annual World Porridge Making Championship – teamed up with the Scottish-based charity Mary’s Meals to establish World Porridge Day. Mary’s Meals entices children in impoverished regions to stay in school by providing them with a daily meal, mostly in the form of the local version of porridge. By staying in school, the children are able to gain a basic education that can help them escape poverty.

Travel season in the Great White North

"No better place to be on a nice summer evening. Just me, the mosquitoes, and the oat plots."

Soothing words from Tom Rabaey!

It's summertime in the north, and everyone seems to be on the move. Aside from enjoying vacation time, a lot of people are participating in crop tours and other site visits. The next Oat Newsletter update will have a number of articles about those, but more are always welcome, so please send me your stories about any visiting that you've done!

In the meantime, what I have for you is another round-up of news from the Web, which is available in the “Community News” section.